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Stacey Dash To Star In Anti-Abortion 'Roe v. Wade' Film

Given the film's message, production has hit several roadblocks.  

Stacey Dash's film career has taken a backseat to her political one, but the two will come together now that the conservative pundit will star in the pro-life feature movie, Roe v. Wade. 

On Tuesday (July 3), The Hollywood Reporter spoke to actor and director Nick Loeb about the project and the roadblocks he's faced along the way. The film will tackle the vantage point of the those opposed to the 1973 landmark case where the Supreme Court ruled for a woman's right to an abortion.

Dash will play the role of Mildred Jefferson, the first black woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School and former president of National Right to Life.

The film is also being executively produced by Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She and a few other "controversial people" will make cameos in the film.

In addition to Dash, other conservative actors starring in the project include Jon Voight,  Robert Davi, Corbin Bernsen, John Schneider, Steve Guttenberg, William Forsythe, Wade Williams and Richard Portnow.

Due to its intent to be a pro-life film, Loeb says other actors and crew members have quit. They've also had difficulty shooting on locations in New Orleans and his alma matter Louisana State University.

"We had to replace three local actors, including one who was to play Norma McCorvey (Jane Roe), even after she begged for the role.”

Another director, who is a woman, also dropped out of the film. While shooting on location in Washington D.C., the location manager also resigned from her position.

"I have been doing research on the movie trying to figure out who is producing and what the gist of the story is, and I finally found it, and so I am withdrawing from this project," the email read. "I am a staunch pro-abortion feminist activist, and I will not be party to such horrible propaganda.”

Loeb says he's still prepared to make the film on his terms. The project is set to conclude filming later this month. Many may remember Loeb from his previous relationship with actress Sofia Vergara. After their breakup, he sought custody of her frozen embryos.

"I have my own pro-life issue going on with my fight over embryos, but no one has really told the whole truth about Roe v. Wade in a film," he said. "When I delved into this, I discovered conspiracy theories, fake news, made-up statistics and a whole lot of people involved who switched their positions from pro-choice to pro-life, including Norma.”

Dash has not mentioned her role in the film to the public.

READ MORE: Stacey Dash Says Damon Dash Is Using Her To “Advertise His Movie”

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Watch Daniel Kaluuya As Fred Hampton In ‘Judas And The Black Messiah’ Trailer

Daniel Kaluuya transforms into Fred Hampton in the powerful new trailer for Judas and the Black Messiah. The nearly two-minute long clip shows Kaluyaa as the Black Panther Party leader delivering a powerful speech to a group of party members. Lakeith Stanfield, who portrays FBI informant William O’Neal, is also featured in the short teaser.

Directed by Chaka King and produced by Ryan Coogler, Judas and the Black Messiah tells the story of Hampton, who was assassinated by the FBI and Chicago Police in 1969, at the age of 21. Born in Chicago in 1948, Hampton mobilized a generation and became the Chairman of the Illinois chapter of the BPP. Hampton was so influential, that the FBI conspired to silence his voice. O’Neal was hired by the FBI to infiltrate the BPP, and rose up the ranks to become a sergeant in arms within the Party.

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“I heard y’all was tired of 2020, let’s go back to 2008,” Palmer captioned a video conversation featuring a split screen of herself in character as Jackson.

I heard y’all was tired of 2020, let’s go back to 2008 😩🤪🤩. Join me as I host the 2020 @vmas on August 30th on @MTV! #VMAs pic.twitter.com/cl5TcUrxnm

— Keke Palmer (@KekePalmer) August 6, 2020

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The participants will reflect on their personal experiences with Black representation on television, and share insights into their current creative ventures, inspiration, and experiences.

Seen & Herd will be executive produced by Rae and Montrel McKay’s Issa Rae Productions along with award-winning teams from 3 Arts Entertainment and Ark Media, including Phil Bertelsen, the latter of whom will direct and produce the film. Bertelsen's credits include the hit Netflix documentary, Who Killed Malcolm X?, Madam President, and The Legacy of Barack Obama.

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